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Chiropractic Mobilization For Cervical Joints With Radiculopathy

Chiropractic Mobilization For Cervical Joints With Radiculopathy

Individuals experiencing radiculopathy in and around the neck notice it immediately often driving them to the medicine cabinet. This condition presents with:

  • Acute pain
  • Numbness
  • Muscle spasms

However, medication will only help relieve the pain temporarily but it won’t alleviate what is causing the radiculopathy. This is because pain medication/s can exacerbate the condition by blocking the pain signals with the root nerve issue never being resolved. Chiropractic is a complete solution that specifically mobilizes the cervical joints where nerve impingement is happening. The objective is to help individuals understand the underlying cause of the acute pain induced by radiculopathy and provide long-term pain relief through cervical joint mobilization.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Mobilization For Cervical Joints With Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy Pain

 

To determine what cervical nerve bundles are being affected by a subluxation or vertebral compression a chiropractor needs to isolate the pain. This is accomplished through a description of symptoms, radiological imaging to provide visual confirmation, and an examination of the affected area. Isolating the pain allows the chiropractor to determine the extent of misalignment and how much the nerve is being compressed. This will help in the development of a customized treatment plan. A chiropractor will be able to see and feel the degree of pressure being placed on the nerve or bundle of nerves.

Mobilizing The Cervical Joints

Chiropractors approach this directly based on the individual and the severity of the case. The most common joint mobilizations include:

  • Low-impact adjusting will shift the misaligned vertebrae back into place
  • Traction to decompress cervical vertebrae
  • Adjustments to the opposite non-painful area will help counterbalance stress in the spine

Radiculopathy improvement consists of:

  • The cervical spine is stabilized through bracing and posture supports
  • Isometric exercises will recondition the neck, shoulders, and upper back
  • Range of motion exercises will prevent any subtle compression/s
  • Corrective restoration of the cervical spine’s curve

The spine returns to normal during cervical joint mobilization and alleviates radiculopathy immediately and long term.

Proper chiropractic care will correct the affected nerve bundle, and stabilize the cervical spine to prevent/resist:

  • Compression
  • Translation
  • Subluxation
  • Other shifts that can occur

Chiropractic Mobilization Long Term Relief

A pinched nerve should not be treated with over-the-counter medications for long-term health. Corrective chiropractic mobilization is a recommended course of action for alleviating this and other musculoskeletal conditions. Chiropractic understands the nature and severity of radiculopathy as well as developing the proper customized treatment plan that will bring optimal results.


Body Composition


 

DASH Diet Example

Breakfast

  • 3/4 cup bran flakes cereal with 1 banana and 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 slice whole-wheat bread with 1 tsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup coffee

Lunch

  • Sandwich 2 slices of whole-wheat bread
  • 3 oz. grilled thin chicken breast
  • 2 slices low-fat cheese
  • 1 tbsp. mustard

Salad

  • 1/2 cup chopped/diced cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup chopped/diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon low-calorie non-cream dressing
  • 1/2 cup fruit cocktail with no sugar

Snack

  • 1/3 cup unsalted almonds

Dinner

  • 3 oz. lean beef with 2 tbsp. fat-free, low sodium gravy
  • 1 cup broccoli sauteed with 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 small baked potato topped with:
  • 1 tbsp. fat-free sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. shredded, reduced-fat, natural low-sodium cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp. chopped scallions
  • 1 small apple

Dessert

  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt topped with:
  • 1/2 cup berries
  • Cocoa powder light dusting

Disclaimer

The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the musculoskeletal system’s injuries or disorders. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, CTG*
email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com
phone: 915-850-0900
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico

References

BMJ. 2017 Advances in the diagnosis and management of neck pain. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28807894/

Mayo Clin Proc. 2015. Epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of neck pain. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25659245/

Open Orthop J. 2016. A Qualitative Description of Chronic Neck Pain has Implications for Outcome Assessment and Classification. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5301418/

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Management of Cervical Radiculopathy: An Overview of Systematic Reviews. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4541004/

Chiropractic Relief From Pinched Nerves

Chiropractic Relief From Pinched Nerves

Pinched nerves occur when added pressure is applied to a nerve or set of nerves from surrounding tissues like bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons. The pressure affects the nerve’s ability to function properly and usually causes pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness. A pinched nerve can occur at various sites in the body. Whether located in the neck, shoulder, arm, hand, back, or knees, they can lead to other debilitating conditions/injuries and permanent nerve damage if left untreated.  

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Relief From Pinched Nerves
 

Pinched Nerves

The nerves are not actually being pinched but are being compressed. The added pressure on or around the nerve causes painful sensations that can also include:

Pinched nerves are nothing to dismiss. Individuals experiencing any of the above symptoms should get a proper diagnosis from a chiropractor.  

 

Compression Goes Away By Itself

A compressed nerve can go away on its own if the pain has recently started or is not severe. In addition, home remedies like rest, heat, ice, and stretching can be utilized to help the compression subside on its own.  

Length of Time It Takes for a Pinched Nerve to Heal

The length of time depends on the reason why the nerve is compressed and irritated. For example, some pinched nerves are brought on from poor posture and tight muscles. These can usually heal within 4 weeks. However, if the pain has been going on for some time, like more than 3 months, it will take longer, especially to identify the root cause/s and address them according to their severity.  

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Relief From Pinched Nerves
 

Treatment Options

 

Chiropractic Adjustments and Massage

These two types of treatment/therapy highly complement each other. A chiropractor understands the importance of massage when it comes to healing and stress relief. Some cases of pinched nerves come from tight muscles and muscle spasms. Along with chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy is perfect for releasing and stretching the nerves back to their natural form.

Studies show that chiropractic massage therapy offers pain relief and also helps reduce any depression and anxiety that the pain symptoms can generate. In addition, comprehensive chiropractic treatment has been proven to be the best and fastest way to deal with pinched nerves.  

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Relief From Pinched Nerves
 

Get More Sleep

Whenever the body is going through stress and needs repair, more sleep gives the body the time to heal itself. An extra hour of sleep also ensures that the injured area moves less. However, try to avoid sleeping on the stomach and make sure that the pillows being used provide plenty of support.  

Warm/Hot Soothing Bath

Ice can really help lower swelling and inflammation, but if icing the area has not relieved the pain after 72 hours, it is time for a warm/hot bath. Warm water increases blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to help heal and restore. In addition, heat relaxes the muscles of the body, which relieves pressure on the affected area.  

Collagen Nerve Joint Repair

Collagen adds cushion to the spaces between the joints and bones while damaged tissues are being repaired. Collagen is the most plentiful natural protein in the human body. Supplements with glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid can help and consume bone broth, a healthy collagen source. An anti-inflammatory diet can also help. Inflammation contributes to pain symptoms. Lowering inflammation lowers pain as well.  

 

Proper Posture

Slouching and poor posture, whether sitting or standing, place added pressure/stress on the joints. When this goes on for long periods or when something traumatic occurs, a pinched nerve can result. A chiropractor will restore the body’s natural curvature. In addition, a chiropractor will discuss and show what proper posture should be and how to strengthen the core to maintain proper posture.  

 

Other Treatment Options

Conventional treatments usually include:

  • Over the counter pain relievers
  • Prescription pain relievers for severe cases
  • Corticosteroids
  • Microdiscectomy spinal surgery
  • Regular surgery

Most individuals want to avoid any of the above treatment options. The body has a tremendous ability to heal itself. Chiropractic will reduce the amount of time that is required to heal a pinched nerve. It’s about treating the entire body, not just the symptoms. A customized treatment/recovery diet plan will be developed according to each individual’s needs. At Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic, we encourage anyone experiencing any pain to call us right away.


Composition of the Body

 


 

What happens to the body when you stop eating

Not eating for a few hours causes glucose levels in the blood to drop, and insulin release stops. Alpha cells in the pancreas produce a hormone called glucagon that helps the liver break down the body’s stored glycogen, converting it back into glucose. The liver can also produce glucose by utilizing fats, amino acids, and waste.

If the body’s blood sugar levels drop, too low a condition called hypoglycemia happens. It occurs a few hours after eating when there is too much insulin in the blood or certain medications. This is why an individual might feel dizzy, shaky, anxious, or irritable when they have not eaten for several hours. Eating at least 15 to 20 grams of carbohydrates will reverse the symptoms.  

Dr. Alex Jimenez’s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that directly or indirectly support our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

References
  • Dubinsky RM, Miyasaki J.Assessment: Efficacy of transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation in treating pain in neurologic disorders (an evidence-based review). Report of the Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology.Neurology. 2010;74:173-176.
  • Shrier I. Does stretching help prevent injuries? Evidence-based Sports Medicine. Williston, VT: BMJ Books; 2002.
Spinal Injury Could Cause Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction

Spinal Injury Could Cause Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction

Spinal disorders and injuries could cause a nerve injury through compression or damage causing Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction also known as Bladder Dysfunction. Neurogenic bladder disorder means an individual is having problems with urination.

Neurogenic involves the nervous system and the nerve tissues that supply and stimulate the organs and muscles to function and operate correctly. Neurogenic bladder dysfunction causes the nerves that control the bladder and muscles in urination to be overactive or underactive. �

 

11860 Vista Del Sol Ste. 128 Spinal Injury Could Cause Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction

Symptoms

  • Constant bathroom visits
  • Control in urination is limited
  • Complete involuntary urination
  • Sudden urge/s to urinate
  • The bladder is unable to hold urine
  • The bladder fails to empty completely
  • Overfilling of the bladder creates intense pressure causing accidental leakage
11860 Vista Del Sol Ste. 128 Spinal Injury Could Cause Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction

Nerves of the Bladder

The brain and spinal cord function as the headquarters with the spine as the body’s highway that transmits and relays signals/messages to and from the bladder. In the low back, the spinal cord splits apart into a bundle of nerves called the cauda equina. �

At the end of the lumbar spine is the sacrum this area is known as the sacral spine. The sacrum is the backside of the pelvis between the hip bones. The nerves in the sacral spine branch out and become part of the peripheral nervous system. �

Blog Image Anatomy of Pelvis and Force Distribution e

These nerves provide and stimulate bladder sensation and function. When these nerves become compressed, inflamed, injured, or damaged in some way, organ dysfunction can present. This is when any of the symptoms listed above can develop and progress. �

Potential Causes of Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction

Spinal Cord Injury/s are a common cause of neurogenic bladder dysfunction. The spinal cord does not have to be severed to cause paralysis below the injured part of the spine. If the spinal cord gets bruised or there is improper blood flow, the spinal cord’s ability to send nerve signals can become inhibited. Cauda Equina Syndrome happens when the nerves spinal roots become pinched or compressed. It is rare, but it is a serious medical condition that requires immediate medical attention. Causes of cauda equina syndrome include:

  • Low back disc herniation
  • A tumor in or near the low back
  • Spinal fracture
  • Infection
  • Spinal stenosis which affects the spinal canal
  • Trauma like an auto accident, personal/work/sports injury
  • Spinal condition from injury or present from birth
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Treatment

The treatment depends on the cause or causes of neurogenic bladder dysfunction. A primary physician could call upon a bladder specialist like a urologist, nephrologist, or urogynecologist to collaborate and coordinate the treatment plan. If the dysfunction is caused by a nerve root compression, a spinal procedure (discectomy) is performed to decompress and relieve the pressure on the nerves.


Nutrition and Fitness During These Times


 

Dr. Alex Jimenez�s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

Degenerative Disc Disease Can Cause Nerve Pain in the Feet

Degenerative Disc Disease Can Cause Nerve Pain in the Feet

Q: Dr. Jimenez, I have a question about degenerative disc disease, and that is can it cause nerve pain in the feet? El Paso, TX.

A: Yes in certain cases, degenerative disc disease (DDD) can cause nerve problems with the feet.

Degenerative disc disease, specifically of the lower spine, can cause nerve pain to radiate and spread into the feet from the spine.

Degenerative disc disease

Is a spine condition that’s caused by everyday wear and tear of the spine can lead to significant loss of disc height.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Degenerative Disc Disease Can Cause Nerve Pain in the Feet

A disc can also herniate and push on the nerves that flow into the feet, and cause:

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness

The wear and tear of the spine combined with a herniated disc can pinch the nerves that go to the feet.

There is a condition known as foraminal spinal stenosis when the spinal foramen or the small opening between the bones of the spine begins to narrow and tighten so the nerves get compressed and do not allow signals and chemicals to flow properly.

This could explain the pain or other symptoms in the foot.

DDD can cause nerve problems in the feet, back and chronic back pain is the most common symptom of degenerative disc disease.

Common degenerative disc disease symptoms

The pain increases when:

  1. Sit down for a long time
  2. Bending
  3. Lifting
  4. Twisting

The pain decreases with:

  1. Walking
  2. Running
  3. Lying down
  4. Continually changing body positions

It’s important to remember that nerve issues with the feet are not always caused by spinal conditions, this could include

  • Infections like discitis
  • Injuries like a spinal fracture

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Degenerative Disc Disease Can Cause Nerve Pain in the Feet

Treatment

Depending on how severe the nerve problem is, there are a number of treatment options. These range from:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Over-the-counter medication

Talk to a doctor or a chiropractor about the right treatment option for foot nerve pain. Whether it is caused by degenerative disc disease or some other condition.

 

Does degenerative disc disease go away

Degenerative disc disease symptoms can be managed by making small lifestyle changes.

Healthy diet

Begin with:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Fish
  • Lean meats
  • Beans
  • Healthy fats like fish and olive oil

These can help maintain a healthy weight, as being overweight puts extra pressure on the spine that leads to increased back pain. Consult with a registered dietitian or health coach to discuss the best foods for your diet.

Exercise

  • A training regimen that incorporates aerobic, strength and flexibility exercises that can help manage degenerative disc symptoms.
  • A personal trainer or sports chiropractor that has experience rehabilitating patients with spine conditions. They can teach exercises that can help relieve pain and other symptoms.

Physical/Chiropractic

Chiropractic or physical therapy can offer stretches and exercises to improve:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Range of motion
  • They can develop a custom physical therapy program

Regular chiropractic and physical therapy can help restore proper body mechanics, proper posture, as well as, avoiding positions that cause pain.

Surgery

Surgery is considered a last resort or if the condition is progressing and getting worse. If surgery is needed, your doctor will discuss the best treatment option for your condition.


 

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NCBI Resources

Chiropractic focuses on restoring and maintaining overall health and wellness. Through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, a chiropractor can re-align the spine, and improve a patient�s strength, mobility, and flexibility.

Why Pinched Nerves Respond So Well To Chiropractic Care | El Paso, Tx.

Why Pinched Nerves Respond So Well To Chiropractic Care | El Paso, Tx.

Pinched nerves are a common complaint that can cause a wide variety of symptoms. In many cases the condition can be resolved quickly through chiropractic care; sometimes with just one session. However, chiropractic should be treated as an ongoing practice for better health and wellness.

Not only can chiropractic care help you better manage pain and resolve many health problems it can also help prevent injuries and certain conditions from developing. This often means that seeking chiropractic for a pinched nerve is a wise decision and can bring a quick resolution.

What is a Pinched Nerve?

A pinched nerve is the result of excessive pressure being applied to a nerve. This pressure can come from muscles, bones, tendons, or cartilage and causes a disruption in the nerve�s ability to function. This causes a variety of symptoms including pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness.

In the spine, a herniated disc can put pressure on the nerve root, causing pain and discomfort. In the wrist, it can cause a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Why is a Pinched Nerve such a Challenge?

The issue with a pinched nerve is finding the source. When a nerve is pinched, the pain and other symptoms may not be at the actual site. Instead, the pain and other sensations can travel to other parts of the body, including down the leg or through the arm. This can make it difficult to treat, but an experienced, knowledgeable chiropractor can assess the situation and treat the condition, bringing relief to the patient.

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Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve?

A pinched nerve can manifest with many different symptoms, often depending on its location in the body. They may worsen while the patient is sleeping. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Pain that is aching or sharp
  • Lower or mid back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • General spinal pain
  • Pain that radiates down the leg or arm
  • Numbness or tingling in the legs, arms, fingers, or toes
  • Burning sensation in the legs, arms, fingers, or toes
  • Muscle weakness in the legs or back
  • Headaches
  • Frequently feeling like a hand or food is �asleep�

When the nerve is not pinched for very long, it typically does not leave the patient with any permanent damage. When the pressure is relieved, normal function returns rather quickly. On the other hand, if the pressure is not relieved, it can cause permanent damage to the nerve, leading to chronic pain.

Causes of a Pinched Nerve?

A pinched nerve can have a number of causes. Wrist or rheumatoid arthritis is a common cause, but others may include:

  • Injury
  • Repetitive motion that places stress on parts of the body
  • Obesity
  • Sports activities
  • Certain hobbies that require repetitive motion

Treatments for a Pinched Nerve?

The first line of treatment for a pinched nerve is rest. Medications may be recommended or prescribed, such as NSAIDs and muscle relaxers, but remember every drug has side effects so make sure you talk to your medical doctor before moving forward.

Physical therapy is another common treatment. The patient is taught certain exercises that stretch and strengthen muscles around the pinched nerve so that it relieves pressure. They are also given self-management techniques that they can do at home to get relief. However, if the pinched nerve is do to a misalignment in the spine, it doesn�t matter how many exercises you do; they won�t fix the problem. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended. This is usually a last resort.

Does Chiropractic for a Pinched Nerve Really Work?

Chiropractic care is a very effective treatment for pinched nerve because it addresses the root cause and works toward fixing the problem through spinal manipulation and very specific chiropractic adjustments. By bringing the body into alignment, pressure on the nerves is relieved. This helps relieve the pain but also facilitates healing allowing the patient to return to their normal daily activities and experience less downtime.

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A Pinched Nerve

A Pinched Nerve

Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Alexander Jimenez breaks down how pinched nerves cause back and neck pain.

You hear people say it a lot:

�I have a pinched nerve, and wow, it hurts.�

But what exactly is a pinched nerve? How does it cause back pain or neck pain? What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve�beyond pain? And most importantly, what can you do about a pinched nerve? Learn the basics of pinched nerves here.

Pinched Nerves: A Common Cause of Back & Neck Pain

What Is A Nerve?

Nerves are your body�s messengers. They transport signals to and from your brain�messages like �Move this toe� or �Ouch, that cactus needle really is sharp.� You have a central nervous system, which is made up of your brain and spinal cord. You also have a peripheral nervous system, which is the system of nerves that branches off the brain and spinal cord.

What Do Nerves Look Like?

If it helps, think of nerves like a garden hose (except they aren�t green). They have an outside membrane that transports those electrical messages. Inside nerves, there�s a fluid that nourishes and replenishes the outer membrane.

You�re Getting on My Nerves

When a nerve gets pinched, the messages and the nourishing fluid don�t flow quite as well as they should (still helpful to think of a garden hose here). A pinched nerve can start sending the �Ow, pain� message to the brain, and it can also have trouble communicating clear messages, possibly leading to weakness, numbness, or tingling.

What Can Pinch a Nerve?

As a nerve exits the spinal canal, it can be pinched by a herniated disc or a bone spur. Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, are bony bumps that can develop on a spinal joint over time. They can push into the spinal nerve, as you can see in this illustration (red = pain generator, of course).

What Does a Pinched Nerve Feel Like?

A pinched nerve mostly feels like pain. If you have a pinched nerve in your low back, it can cause pain to travel (or radiate, in doctor-speak) down your leg. You may also know that as sciatica. A pinched nerve in the neck can create pain that shoots down your arm. Other symptoms of pinched nerves include muscle spasms, burning, tingling, and a hot/cold sensation.

Now the Good Stuff: Pinched Nerve Treatments

Pinched nerve treatments fall into two categories: what you can do at home (self-care) and what your doctor may prescribe for you.

Pinched Nerve Self-care #1: Heat and Ice

Heat and ice can work wonders on a pinched nerve. Switch between 20 minutes of heat and 20 minutes of ice�and remember that you shouldn�t put the heat and ice packs directly on your skin.

Pinched Nerve Self-care #2: Get a Massage

The muscles around a pinched nerve can become tight, so having a professional massage therapist work the painful area can bring pain relief. You may also consider a handheld massager.

Pinched Nerve Self-care #3: Take a Walk

Let�s say it�s your low back�a pinched nerve in your low back�that�s hurting you. A nice, easy stroll is a good way to stay active and address your pain. Gone are the days of extended bed rest for back pain: doctors now are more likely to recommend you exercise and stretch to help relieve your pain.

When Should You Call a Doctor?

If you try the self-care thing and yet your pinched nerve pain persists, you should consider calling the doctor. If you�ve been in pain for more than a couple of days, schedule an appointment. You should also call the doctor if you experience a very sudden onset of weakness, or if you experience profound numbness. Losing bowel and/or bladder control is also a good reason to call the doctor.

How a Doctor Treats a Pinched Nerve

The doctor will try to diagnose the cause of your pinched nerve, and then the doctor will be able to develop a treatment plan. That plan may include prescription pain medications, physical therapy, or cortisone injections. But keep this in mind: the treatment plan will be specifically tailored for you, and it�s in your best interest to follow it closely.